“The U.S-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds.” – Gloria Anzaldúa
Author: Gabriela Spears-Rico
Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico is a cultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor of Chicanx Latinx Studies with a joint appointment in American Indian Studies. A Purépecha/Matlatzinca scholar and poet, Spears-Rico earned a BA from Stanford University and a PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on touristic transactions between mestizos and indigenous people in Mexico. She has published articles in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. The daughter of migrant farmworkers, her poetry reflects the working class and hybrid aesthetics of having grown up in migrant labor camps along the American West Coast. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies including Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (University of Arizona Press, 2011) and Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Justice, Protest and Hope (Benu Press, 2012). Her work is prominently featured in the documentary film Let: An Act of Reverse Incorporation and in Molly McGlennen’s book Creative Alliances: the Transnational Design of Indigenous Women’s Poetry.